Logistically, some sort of air traffic control system is going to need to be in place if the future is really going to include drone package delivery, medical drones , internet-delivery drones , and, of course, massive police surveillance . The skies are going to get too crowded and it’s too easy for bad actors to use drones for nefarious purposes . Even when people have no ill intent, the remote-controlled devices can cause chaos. Earlier this week , two planes fighting wildfires in Colorado had to prematurely drop their flame-retardant payloads because of drones flying in the area—a screwup that cost the US Forest Service somewhere between $16,000 and $20,000.
It is .4 miles from the train station to my home. The sidewalks aren’t the smooth and clean ones of the Flatiron District. They’re broken with concrete jutting up out of the ground. On the day I brought the Predator home, it had just rained, and while the streets were dry, puddles of brown, stagnant awful lay in a pedestrian’s path at every intersection. I lifted and dodged and hurried home. The shipping weight of the box is 70 pounds, and between the Pelican case, power supplies, and 19 pound laptop I was sure I was dragging all 70 pounds behind me.